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When government fails to carry out duties to protect the citizens as criminals take advantage of weak enforcement, those citizens are faced with a decision to flee or fight back.

Writing these columns is a fun hobby of mine, allowing me some creative expression. I usually try not to mix my work life into my column, but for one very special reason, I’m going to make an exception to that rule this time.

The state of Washington has it. California has it. Michigan has it. Oklahoma has it. Nebraska has it. Arizona has it. Florida, New Hampshire and Idaho have a version of it.

The time has come. I can’t believe it is here. We are just two days away from Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. Sometimes I think Thanksgiving doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, overshadowed by the flashier holidays of Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving deserves its day in the sun.

The federal government has declared the 11th of November as a day to celebrate and commemorate individuals, who made the decision to join our country’s armed forces. These men and women committed to support and serve our country no matter the cost.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For me, Thanksgiving is a time my family connects. Last year it was virtually, this year we plan to gather together.

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RALEIGH — I got inspired while trashing one of my newspaper columns.